Tuesday, November 29, 2011

The 10th Tatler Ball Rocked!

Manila's A-listers always look forward to the yearly Tatler Ball.  It is an evening of glamor, style, elegance, gourmet food, wines, champagne, entertainment, music and dance...not necessarily in that order.

During the Tatler Ball,  ladies and gents are in their haute couture best and a display of the most glittering and biggest rocks on the fashionistas' ears, neck, fingers, and wrists are just dazzling! The main trust of the Tatler Ball is always Charity. It brings out the philanthropic heart of the invited guests, and indeed, the yearly Ball raises megabucks for their chosen beneficiary. This year, it was the Habitat for Humanity, housing for the poor, chaired by Fernando Zobel de Ayala.  At 100,000PHP per home, Tatler sponsored 10 homes. I am sure that many of the invited guests were generous in their contribution. 
There was an auction of 4 items, (signed boxing gloves by Manny Pacquiao) a Parisian Experience (3 nights in a deluxe room for two at the Shangi-La Hotel, Paris), a Tuscan Adventure for two people  (a 2 night stay at the Fonte de Medici inclusive of 2 business class tickets to Rome via Singapore Airlines) and lastly a Jaeger le Coultre Limited Edition Watch. The wines this year were selections from the Estampa Vineyards, Chile and the champagne was as usual, Moet et Chandon Brut Imperial. Shangri-La's team of Chefs outdid themselves and whipped up a 5 course gourmet dinner that for sure impressed the most discriminating palate. 

I can't say the same for everyone but my friends and I had a blast dancing. Congratulations to Irene Francisco Martel, Anton San Diego and the rest of the Tatler team for putting together a world class ball that we all enjoy yearly!

Anne Curtis is sweet with no star complex about her.  She glowed in this Rajo lace gown.

Me in Roberto Cavalli, Tess Schoefer in Dolce Gabbana. Manny Scolomiero flew in from Hong Kong and loved every minute of the ball

Linda Ley in Ito Curata, Cecile Infantado in Cary Santiago

We had fun in our table with david Lim, Tess S. and Manny S.

Rupert Jacinto and Mela Bengson share a light moment

La Grande Dame of the ball- philanthropist and businesswoman Mely Hechanova

Rajo Laurel and pretty anchor for the evening Karen Davila wearing his number of course

Villaraza asset-cutie pie Shaina Ramirez 

Renna Hechanova Angeles and Ed Angeles enjoy the bubbly

Mons Romulo- regal in green

Tatler's Carmela Sioco sizzles in red

David Lim and Mia Borromeo, Tatler's editor at large in a chic Ito Curata

The rock of Tatler-philanthropist with the biggest heart, Irene Martel Francisco in a New Yorker

Alexandra Klauser, Frannie Jacinto and Margaret Klauser

Nini Licaros in emeralds bigger than her eyes with hubby Abe Licaros

Stephanie Zubiri looking happy with steady beau Jonathan Crespi 

Dapper young entrepreneur and philanthropist Joseph Calata with Nel Salvador

Old world chic- I just love Ricky Toledo's velvet shoes and Chito Vijandre's leather! 

Ramon and Beng Arnaiz who is in a Cary Santiago sweet pink gown

Miss Sunshine, stunning Rossana Prieto!

Black is back- Doris Ho, Rupert Jacinto and Tina Jacinto 

Ladies of style and substance-Fely Rodriguez, Tina Cuevas, Therese Santos and Susan Joven

my table mates Linda Ley, Gunther Matchuk and Jo Ann Matchuk

show what you've got ladies! Designer Charina Sarte and Tricia Panlilio

Lady lawyers galore- Khristine Dy, Thea Daep and Reezan Keith Ramos

Fuschia and electric gals -Chinggay de la Merced and Alana Montelibano 

Interesting details in Bea Zobel's Patrice Diaz Ramos ensemble

Bare it Baby! - Charina Sarte in her own creation

Tantoco Belles- Crickette, Hindy, Katrina and songbird Bea

electrically charged Tessa Valdes and hubby Dennis Valdes 

model Abs Abelkare with model Martine Cabile

Bare back contessa- Fashion icon Tina Maristela Ocampo in an emerald green Pepito Albert

My favorite actress Dawn Zulueta Lagdameo with billboard lady Ruffa Guttierez

lens genius Wyg Tysman and Mandy de la Rama Santos in Inno Sotto

Anne Curtis, Raymond Guttierez and TV personality Kim Atienza

art and antique collectors both -Marivic Vasquez and Joe Mari Trenas

Bejewelled ladies Frannie Jacinto, Sandie Poblador and Malu Francisco

Having fun! Ito Curata behind Jojo Zabarte and Lilibeth Campos

Elegant couple- Philip and Ching Cruz

Ah Youth! these ladies epitomize Filipino beauty- Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heussaff, Isabel Daza and Anne Curtis

Kit Kat Silverio Zobel -lovely in an Inno Sotto

Frances Lim in a vintage Slim ballgown with Mr. & Mrs Ramsey, nee Carla Arguelles

Radiant in Inno Sotto lace and faille gown Rhoda Campos Aldanese is escorted by young designer Dennis Lustico and PR man Arnold Vegafria

Consul Helen Ong and Cecile Infantado in Cary Santiago gowns

Elegant in one shoulder Ralph Lauren, Tina Jacinto with daughter Jackie, in a vintage ensemble from New York. 

In the spirit of Christmas, Green stands for hope. Hope for a better future for our marginalized population. Tatler blesses them with housing thru Habitat for Humanity.
Tess Schoefer in panther green,Tina ocampo in emerald green, and myself in forest green. 

Monday, November 21, 2011

MAXIMO V. SOLIVEN: The Man and the Journalist

Sara Soliven de Guzman did an excellent job in putting together an audio visual documentary on her  father Max Soliven from the view point of close friends and family members who knew him well.  In a ceremony loaded with history and nostalgia, the documentary was the highlight of the book launch at the Peninsula Hotel's  ballroom.  With Precious Soliven and Sara heading the group, the audio visual presentation had siblings Ethel Soliven TimbolWillie Soliven, biographer Nelson Navarro, friends and colleagues Onofre Pagsanjan, National Artist F. Sionil JoseOscar Orbos, Manila Mayor Alfredo LimDr. Ricky Soler, People Asia publisher Babe Romualdez, travel companion and good friend Arthur Lopez, and Star president Miguel Belmonte share memorable insights of Max.

When he was still alive, Max assigned Nelson Navarro to be his biographer with specific instructions:  write everything, spare nothing, and please exaggerate.  "But there is nothing to exaggerate"says Nelson "because Max is bigger than life".

Sara worked closely with Nelson on the book. She expressed gratitude to all the guests present especially to the close friends and colleagues, who made the production possible. Precious said it was a reunion of friends.  Indeed it was. I enjoyed seeing friends of years past-Letty and Arthur Lopez, Zenda CabangunCesar Santos, brother of Max's girl Friday TessRita Dy of Singapore Airlines, author Nelson Navarro who I last saw in New York with Max a decade ago, among others.

The event was hosted by Phil Star columnist, Oh Yes, it's Johnny Litton!

Elusive bachelor Dennis Mendiola and Renaissance Communications Director Monique Toda

Benjie Defensor, Presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro, Speaker Sonny Belmonte, PhilStar President and CEO Miguel Belmonte and lovely wife Millete Belmonte

Mabuhay Magazine publisher Jun Ventura and hotelier Arthur Lopez

National Artist F. Sionel Jose and his wife Tess

Daddy's little girl, Sara Soliven de Guzman, (in collaboration with mother Precious Soliven), was the master mind of the whole project

Phil Star columnist, Mons Romulo

People Asia Editor in Chief JoAnne Rae Ramirez, People Asia Publisher Babe Romualdez, and Phil Star executive editor Amy Pamintuan

A replica of Max's Soliven's office complete with his typewriter, collection of knives and tons of books

Debbie Reynolds and the rest of the Montessori staff were all present

Retired VP GMA 7 Rod Cornejo and Consul Fortune Ledesma

Rita Dy of Singapore Airlines and banker Philip So

Cesar Santos, represented his sister Tess Santos Coffil, (Max's girl Friday for two decades, who could not fly in from California), banker Philip So, Bobit Avila, Phil Star writer from Cebu, and myself

What's so funny Guys? Private joke among Zenda Cabangun, Art Lopez and Babe Romualdez

Precious Soliven with Baby Arenas and a lady friend

Nelson Navarro with Consul Fortune Ledesma, Mayenne Carmona and Monique Toda watching him autograph his book

Maritess Pineda, Rita Dy, Fortune Ledesma, JoAnne Rae Ramirez and Bum Tenorio 

Babe Romualdez, Zenda Cabangun, Sara Soliven de Guzman, Rey Altarejos, Bobit Avila and Sara's first born pretty Maxime Soliven de Guzman who is my god daughter.